KBVR FM recognized by Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for Best College Radio Station at a university with over 10K students
The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awarded KBVR FM as the winner for Best College Radio Station at a university with more than 10,000 students. The station was one of three college radio stations in the country, and the only West Coast station, to be nominated for this category.
The following KBVR programs and staff won:
•Best Play-By-Play Football Broadcast: Matt Walton and Josh Worden
•Most Innovative Radio Program: Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar (Inspiration Dissemination)
•Best Production Director: Megan Cummings
•Best Promotions Director: Matt Walton
KBVR FM was also a finalist for Best Overall Station. The following KBVR staff were finalists:
•Best Community News Coverage: Jodie Davaz
•Best Program Director: Marissa Solini
•Best Engineer: Jack Kemp (professional staff)
IBS, an educational association comprising more than a thousand high school and college broadcast stations and webcasters, announced the winners at their 74th Annual IBS New York City Conference. All winners and finalists were presented with IBS Golden Microphone Trophies. The conference was attended by KBVR Station Manager Jodie Davaz, KBVR Promotions Director Matt Walton, and broadcasting advisor Bill Gross.
“I am honored and humbled by receiving these awards,” said Matt Walton, KBVR Promotions Director and winner of Best Promotions Director and co-winner of Best Play-By-Play Football, “Josh Worden is a rising star and I am so thankful to be able to work with him. The awards for best station are especially amazing, as they reflect the hard work that every KBVR DJ puts in every day.”
“I’m very proud and thankful for winning this award; it’s certainly something I’ll brag about on my resumé. It’s a fantastic highlight to my young broadcasting career,” said Josh Worden, co-winner of Best Play-By-Play Football Broadcast.
“It is exciting to be acknowledged for my efforts and the role they can play in the growth of KBVR as a station,” said Megan Cummings, KBVR Production Director and winner of Best Production Director. “Joey and I are honored to receive this award,” said Zhian Kamvar, ‘Inspiration Dissemination’ co-host and PhD student, “We want to thank all the guests we have featured for being as passionate as we are about science communication. They are the real inspiration.”
“We are honored and appreciate the recognition,” said Joey Hubert, ‘Inspiration Dissemination’ co-host and MS student, “Zhian and I are passionate about science communication and we are grateful that the awards panel values what we have created.”
“I’m honored to be counted in with this talented group of people and I look forward to KBVR FM’s continued success,” said Jodie Davaz, KBVR Station Manager and finalist for Best Community News Coverage.
KBVR broadcasts 24/7 on 88.7 FM from the campus of Oregon State University. The station is student- managed and is programmed by over 100 student volunteer Djs. Programming includes live music, local news, sports and talk radio shows.
The Memorial Union Advisory Board has approved the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) to be located in the Memorial Union beginning Winter Term of 2015. This Center will provide a communal space for graduate students, and be adjacent to facilities that will help to ensure academic and social success for this growing population. GSSC will allow for interdisciplinary conversations and research to flourish; professional development activities to take place; centralized resources to be housed; facilitation of peer-to-peer mentoring and academic support; and an overall sense of increased community-building and inclusive well-being.
The GSSC will help to support a more diverse and inclusive graduate student body. Graduate students working in the center will collaborate with the Graduate School staff and other campus entities to strive for full integration of international students, underrepresented minorities, and non-traditional grad students, many of whom often feel culturally and socially marginalized at OSU. In sum, the GSSC will provide a dedicated, communal space that will facilitate academic and social efforts for the graduate student community and their colleagues.
“While a variety of colleges and programs have small areas for graduate students to congregate, there has been no dedicated, collective space for graduate students to gather and collaborate across disciplines and colleges,” said Courtney Everson, graduate program analyst and graduate student liaison. “The GSSC is unique in its purpose and creation.”
The center will provide a communal space for graduate students, and be close to facilities that will help to ensure their academic and social success. It will offer a space for interdisciplinary conversations, house centralized resources and provide a sense of community that previously hasn’t been available to graduate students.
The creation of the center was student driven, and was taken up by the Graduate School last year. Everson said community-building has been emphasized by many graduate students as a way to increase their quality of life and a feeling of inclusivity.
Graduate students working in the center will collaborate with the Graduate School staff and other campus programs to help better integrate international students, underrepresented minorities, and non-traditional grad students, many of whom can feel culturally and socially marginalized.
“We hope for the GSSC to become a pivotal resource for this growing population,” Everson said, “and to become a supporting place for the activities of graduate faculty, staff and diverse campus entities to flourish, in common commitment to graduate student recruitment, retention and success.”
The Center will be located on the 2nd floor of the MU. This new GSSC is aligned with the purpose of the Memorial Union, to provide a center for social, cultural, and recreational programs and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests of Oregon State University. The Memorial Union provides opportunities for experience in social responsibility and leadership and to supplement University instruction by developing high ideals of university spirit, citizenship, and private life.
In the renovated east wing of the Memorial Union (formally the OSU Bookstore space) there will be a new art glass mural. The work is by Portland glass artist Alex Hirsch and it will be located in the new event space in the east wing. The new “mini ballroom” will be 3490 square feet, a little more then half the size of the current 1928 era ballroom in the Memorial Union. Hirsch’s glasswork will add a translucent quality to the space and be visible from both inside the space and outside the space from the lobby.
Alex Hirsch has taken her inspiration from the Oregon State University’s status as one of only two universities to have Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. In creating the artwork, Hirsch design priorities were:
- Highlight OSU’s status as a land, sun, space and sea grant institution.
- Create accessible imagery that is open to the imagination.
- Reference the scope of the natural world.
- Create art glass that provides privacy and luminosity.
- Design imagery that can be seen from either of two sides.
- Optimize artistic experience within the allotted budget.
The artwork is scheduled to be installed in June of this year.Glass Art installed into event space wall. Artwork depicting OSU’s Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant status. Alex Hirsch’s glass work at Good Sam Medial Center in Puyallup. Alex Hirsch’s glass work at OHSU in Portland Alex Hirsch working in her studio.
Here is a list of completion dates for projects in the Memorial Union East Wing (former home of the OSU Bookstore).
- January 1: Loading Dock Modifications
- February 10: Generator Pit
- April 15: Mezzanine Fire Doors
- May 8: Generator Set and Connected
- May 22: Mechanical and Electrical Rooms
- May 25: Cultural & Community Kitchen ready to install equipment
- June 2: Memorial Union Maintenance offices and shop
- June 2: Ground Level Multipurpose Room and Lobby
- June 30: East Wing Event Space and Lobby
- June 30: Masonry Repairs
- June 30: North Porch Cafe
- July 8: Cultural & Community Kitchen
- July 10: Exterior Railing
- August 11: Ground Level ramp to East Wing
- August 11: Jefferson Street Entry Ceiling
- August 20: Common Ramp
- August 29: Ballroom Restrooms
- August 29: Memorial Union Signage
Student Experience Center (SEC):
- Crane departure: first half of March
- Coordinating steel deliveries w/MU deliveries, activities – schedule reviews underway
- SEC wood matrix review next week
- Art meeting Friday 11am – answers to concerns expected
- BIM meetings underway – creating utility “highways” from basement to rest of floors
- Electrician Don Davison to be part of upcoming photo-voltaic review
- IT Coordinator Guy to be part of upcoming submittable review for door access control
- Value engineering on benches ongoing in Plaza
- Street project – City Council review ongoing – possibility exists improvements will be deferred until 2015
- Team is starting to look for schedule of items MU will self-perform (moves, equipment disposition, etc.) – Stephen
- Owner furnished equipment verification – Stephen, Susan
- Existing equipment verification – list sent to ACCO for review. Site walk to be scheduled – Stephen
- Craft center move plan and timing of closures – Stephen, Susan
- Power shutdown to cut over campus buildings not expected to affect SEC job site – schedule, affected buildings – Don Davison
- Media integration design package to be issued 100% in February
- SOO and start up meetings in February – Jay, Bob, Don
- Coordinate schedule with Graduation walk – Deb
Memorial Union East (MUE) notes:
- Tail end of demolition – respect danger tape lines
- Open holes in multiple levels – some being saw cut now
- Robyn coordinating North Porch Cafe grill/griddle/burner dimensions to stay within fan service specs
- Best cores to be ordered soon for MUE
- Lost one small custodial closet we thought we could sneak in front of a utility chase, but access requirements negated the effort
Progress is moving forward on the renovation of the Memorial Union East Wing (former OSU Bookstore space). The East Wing is scheduled to open in June of this year. The space will include two event spaces, two lounges, Cultural Meals kitchen and a new campus restaurant: North Porch Café. Here are some photographs of the space from last week.Floor Cutout: This will provide more space for the restaurant and increase accessibility to the space. Floor Cutout from below, ground floor (old text book level). View of ground floor level (old OSU Bookstore text book level).
Student Experience Center (SEC):
- Day two after crane arrival and steel is standing!
- Steel schedule shows 4th Floor going up before Spring Break (March 14th).
- Concrete slab crew worked over 22 hours on New Year’s Eve to finish that slab.
- Dry stack for review of brick and mortar is done.
- Value Engineering (VE) efforts to save money in the Plaza bench are not bearing fruit – shortening the bench an option?
- Craft Center list needs vetting as to who owns moving, hook-up. Memorial Union will partner with Andersen to make that list.
- Media integration design package 90% complete and will be coming end of January.
- Meeting next week with the artist for building art.
- SEC job site is fed off the new electrical service so any Memorial Union repair shutdown requests in the near future should not affect the job site.
Memorial Union East:
- Roof level work begins this week.
- Slab pours towards the end of January.
- Soft demolition complete by end of the week
- Electrical room conduit runs beginning this week.
- Generator trenching began today.
- Ballroom emergency access via NW door shut until trenching finishes on January 27th.
- If you review prints, be aware that there are ASI’s (Architectural Supplemental Instructions) that may update those plans. Current ASI’s include: (ADA guidelines, Site salvaged furniture, Closets in restrooms, Broadcast clarifications, Glass art wall at event space, Kitchen equipment in North Porch Café).
- To reiterate, design modification time frame for our re-thinking of current design is closed. Product submittable list is being reviewed, is very long, and will lock in the product variables to give the last layer of design detail to the architect to deliver to the contractor for installation according to schedule.
- We should be able to review the phased plan for Shop, Office, Ramp, Hallway, Mechanical Room and Restrooms when the last of the submittable are reviewed. I will ask for a meeting towards the end of January.
Have you ever wondered how much solar power Oregon State University is generating? Now you can tell at a glance with a new display that was installed in the OSU Memorial Union. Located in the west wing Commons, the touch screen display will tell you how much OSU’s campus solar network is producing. To read about the “solar farm” on the OSU campus, check out this link to News & Research Communications story “OSU Planting Seeds for Solar Farm”. The system used on the OSU campus was designed, installed and maintained by SolarCity.
We get asked a lot: “What is going into the old Beaver Bookstore space?”
Here are some images to give you an idea what it will look like. The Mezzanine (old bookstore merchandise level) will be home to the new North Porch Cafe, a fast Asian food concept, an event space about half the size of the current ballroom and a new lounge. The ground level (old bookstore book level) will include a multipurpose room with flooring designed for dance and other aerobic activities and the cultural meals kitchen (to replace the old one in Snell Hall). The planned opening is this May, 2014.Mezzanine Level Floor Plan North Porch Cafe
Lounge on south end Event Space Ground Level floor plan
Memorial Union Retail Foods Service (MURFS for short) operates 8 campus locations, each with it’s own character, and some their own coffee. MURFS serves coffee from 4 different roasters, all of them Oregon companies. All profits, including coffee sales, from MURFS locations goes to support student programs. Here are the roasters in alphabetical order.
At Allann Bros Coffee Co., we import our coffees exclusively from the most fertile and renowned coffee-growing regions on earth. Our estate-grown varietals are hand-selected by our Roast Master for their taste, balance and uniformity.
To look at Allann Bros Coffee today, one would not suspect the company’s rather modest beginnings. Allan Stuart founded Allann Bros Coffee in 1972 with curiosity and then built the company with quality, and to this day Allann Bros Coffee uses these two ingredients to remain successful. It also required a lot of research, experimentation, and hard work.
Founded in 2010, Pacifica Coffee Ltd is a Corvallis business focused on fair trade and organic coffees. By choosing fair trade coffee you are directly supporting a better life for farming families through fair prices, direct trade, community development, and environmental stewardship. Pacifica has been interested in helping farmers through their company and try to have coffees that are socially conscious. They deliver their coffee locally from a delivery bicycle and use bicycles as much as we can. Our staff gets a daily bonus any day they ride a bicycle to work.
Our way of doing business is built on integrity and trust. We are guided by a set of values that affects every decision we make with regard to our customers, farmers, products and employees. We are fortunate to have attracted a diverse group of people who love coffee and are motivated to reach beyond the borders of their community.
In 2008 we became Carbon Neutral by planting 16,900 shade trees in coffee growing areas. Our goal is to stay that way! We continually track our efforts through The Specialty Coffee Association’s START program and publish a yearly Sustainability Report so that you can learn about our efforts.
We feature a series of initiatives to cut down on our outgoing waste: composting organic waste to the tune of 1000/lbs per month, chaff waste from roasting donated to organic farmers, and burlap bags donated for farming, crafts and beekeeping. In addition, we use compostable bags for wholesale and grocery accounts. We feature recycled paper throughout our offices – 80% for office use and 100% post consumer recycled shipping packaging.
Stumptown was started with the goal of doing things differently, with a vision that’s always been a little left-of-center, and with the focus squarely on quality. We source the best coffees in the world and strive to maintain transparent, quality-based relationships with our farmers along the way. From plant to portafilter, we pay homage to these folks through our own fervent attention to detail at every step, quality control in our cupping labs, meticulous roasting profiles and extensive barista education.
We are committed to the well-being of everyone we work with, from the farmers and the communities they live in, to our employees and communities here in the States. We value our relationships with our customers, growers, and each other. With our roastery facilities in four cities, several cafes, and fantastic wholesale partnerships around the country, we think there’s a lot to be proud of here.
Student Experience Center project:
The weather has caused a work stoppage. ACCO will issue a Work Stoppage Letter to Larrie.
The building site is frozen down 4-5 inches. The concrete cure process has slowed to a halt.
Contractors have had no work doe to safety concerns for slips/falls and heavy equipment movement has been halted.
They have put heat to the forms, bringing the tented areas to 80 degrees, but the propane burners bring in so much moisture that has been a detriment.
There is 3’ of snow that has slid down the hole and accumulated at the bottom that must be melted, and then the site de-watered. This means that slab work is halted; waterproofing is halted and concrete tests on Pour 3 at 3800 and 3900 psi, Pour 4 at 1700 psi.
Hydro-Thaw equipment is not available in the Pacific Northwest so they are trying to build their own.
Crane build and install delayed – looking at weekend of 1/4/13. The crane site is frozen and they cannot dig and place steel for outriggers. Any deliveries or activities affected please let me know.
Contractors back Friday. They will heat walls to 50 degrees, strip forms, thaw the site and are willing to work shifts to make up time.
Additional submittal for our review – plumbing.
John reviewed your request for info on the large Kiln and is having PAE respond.
Stair 4, absent wood steps and replaced by concrete, must now be reengineered.
Commissioning meeting with Systems West is set for Thursday.
Memorial Union East project:
MUE Furniture Meeting: Review and selections made. Sounds like Opsis is going to have a package that will not exceed $25K, so no bid process required.
On the 27th of December the crane for the Student Experience Center (SEC) will arrive. Jefferson street will be closed so that the parts for the crane can be laid out and assembled. It should be erected the same day or on the 28th. Once in place it will start moving the steel for the building into place. Keep track of the progress from the SEC webcam.
Memorial Union “Snow Plow” in action
Snow day at the Oregon State University Memorial Union means everyone from Building Services department has a shovel in hand. Starting before 6 am this morning (December 6, 2013) the crew was assessing the snow condition, monitoring campus plans and laying out a plan of action. The goal is to provide safety for all the visitors to the Memorial Union today. Pictured here are Carpenter and Painter Gary Beedle de-icing the steps, Electrician Don Davison sweeping walk ways and Project Coordinator Stephen Gay behind his “snow plow”.
Closure of Jefferson St. for electrical service to the MU:
December 16th to 31st, 2013.
Closure of the Jefferson St. entryway to the MU:
December 16th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014.
Alternate pathways to the MU during closure:
Deliveries: 26th and Jefferson corner, with smaller deliveries still being allowed to back in to the dock.
ADA entryway: SW entrance to the Commons is the closest path of travel for ADA, other entries from South of the MU. All North ADA entries to the MU accessible via the North MU Sidewalk, connecting from the East via the South Strand Ag sidewalk, which will begin receiving its temporary protective crane work cover sometime around 12/23/13.
Jefferson St. will be closed to Waldo Place for crane erection from December 16th to 27th, 2013.
Waldo Place will be closed from December 17th and 18th, 2013.
Above is the schedule of events that will be taking place outside the Jefferson St. entry to the MU over Winter Break.
Coordination for these events is taking place now. Some other items of interest from the construction OAC meetings:
Student Experience Center:
3 wall pours down, one to go
Schedule issues with accomplishing all the tasks on time so the crane arrival is not thrown off
Form builders working Fri-Sat this weekend to keep to schedule
Crane still scheduled to be built before Christmas (12/21-23)
OSHA recordable accident on site this week, back strain injury, not serious
Possible delay on covered walkway as well, scheduled for 12/23 at this time
Memorial Union East Wing:
Last of MU prep to happen by 12/16 for electrical service installation
Light Room move
Temporary bike rack – remove
Relocate newspaper boxes (again)
Fencing and electrical install tasks begin 12/16
Entrance closed entire winter break (12/16 – 1/6)
MURFS and food vendor’s delivery coordination in place (thanks, Robyn!)
Architectural demo behind stage begins latter part of January
Deb, if you provide the EMS schedule for the Ballroom for January I will forward
Contract in place soon
The annual Children’s Holiday Party is scheduled for December seventh this year. The event is for children from ages 5 to 10 with check in from 12 to 12:30 PM and activities from 12:30 to 4 PM. Pre-register online at: oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrens-party
This is the oldest ongoing program organized by the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC). The first one took place in 1950. MUPC’s first advisor was Leone Johnson who started in 1948 and created MUPC that same year. Mrs. Johnson was know by her students as Mrs. J.
“The first Holiday party featured ice cream and cake served in the tearoom (MU 109) and a small program featuring a visit from Santa Claus was presented in the main lounge. It was a thrilling affair for me with our program council student having the time of their lives entertaining the little kids”, Mrs. J. recalls. “The Major (Ed Allworth, first director of the Memorial Union was know as “the Major” by many on campus), had his grandchildren there and a large group of staff children was on hand.”
Below is a photo of one of the first Children’s Holiday Party events in the MU Lounge. Standing in front of the children in the white night gown is Jane Goudy, MUPC’s student coordinator of the event. Jane is the mother of Joyce Goudy Powell, who was also an MUPC student coordinator during her time at OSU. The Memorial Union Powell Leadership center is named after her.
Student Experience Center:
- Strand Hall construction starts the first of the year at the North end. Coordination of work with Strand is planned.
- Salvaged wood priorities still need clarification. Red oak quantity is limited with use on stairs. Memorial Union has continually requested this wood be used for furniture.
- 1st and 2nd wall pours are done.
- This building will use traction elevators instead of piston driven. Clarifications id package close to completion.
- Building permit is close to approval.
- Value engineering still underway, many items deferred until information requests fulfilled. Two items of note:
- West Canopy benches still in review, with the generation of additional design iterations. Architect wants to hold onto bulb-out as a design element, Memorial Union continues to advise to keep length and lose bulb-outs. Impasse? Not yet. How about asking the Architect to draw in in the additional canopy furniture so we are not looking at these designs in isolation? Then we might be able to see the true picture of the area and make a decision rather than waste more design time.
- Stainless screen material substitution has not yielded a significant dollar amount, Memorial Union requests the stainless material not be substituted.
- Craft Center equipment identification process is underway for ACCO MEP to know which specific equipment goes where, its electrical connections, special needs like hoods or exhaust.
- SEC Furniture meeting set for 12/4.
- Opsis to clarify with artist what the plan is for attaching the art work to the building structure. Credits and add alternates to follow.
- Opsis working with Eric Utter to get design completed on schedule.
- RFI list is still less than one page, which shows the excellent coordination going on between Owner, Architect and Contractor.
Memorial Union East Wing (MUE):
- Contract in review by Oregon State University (OSU)
- Building permit partially complete.
- Many product submittals due in next two weeks.
- 12/10 Historic Review Commission meeting to review relocated emergency generator.
- Jefferson St. to close for 2 – 3 days for electrical service to be bored under street, sidewalk and landscaping to new service transformer locations in south MU planting area.
- Jefferson St. entrance to be closed throughout Winter Break, from 12/16 – 1/5, estimated. Formal notification to come once, dates are worked out with subcontractors.
- Work in the building to clear area for electrical service equipment almost complete. Light Room is last to move. Setting dates now.
- MURFS, food vendors and OSU Catering have provided schedules for this effort.
- Awaiting word from ACCO whether any demo and prep of walls, etc. of electrical service area is to be expected over Winter Break. Will affect project scheduling for MU Building Services, Event Services. Credits,
- MUE Furniture follow-up meeting scheduled.
- MU supplied doors meeting resistance as design elements for Room 49. Handing issues, general condition, significant glazing change and acoustical properties causing concern. ACCO will provide pricing for new vs. reconditioning the MU doors to new service so MU can decide if they really want these doors to be used in this location.
- Art glass from Germany for Room 49 wall a very long lead item and risky as an element in a wall designed for a high level of acoustic deadening. Review of wall acoustic criteria requested.
- Laser level reveals significant grad issues in MUE floor slabs. In one location in the multi-purpose room, the grade changes 1 ¾” in 11 feet. Opsis and ACCO looking into several ways to remedy the problem, as well as cost of remedies vs. installing a wooden floor on uneven sleepers.
- OSU is looking into changing keyways throughout the MU. OSU will order keyway cores for MUE.
- ACCO leading meeting to review Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler conditions ties to the MU building and coordinate shutdowns before work takes place.
- Several early work assignment (EWA) outstanding issues resolved:
- 109 door
- 109 strobe
- Stairwell paint finish
- Many Hands door bumpers
Communication is becoming more visual. People today have many channels to communicate to each other. It could be person-to-person, email, social media, and more. To attract peoples attention videos are a grown avenue of tell our story. Over the last year and half, the Memorial Union has been using talented students to help us communicate through videos. Each week I want to take some time to show case at least one of these videos. This week I have links to 5 videos created over the last year highlighting units within the organization. Enjoy.
Center for Leadership Development by James Thomas
Craft Center by Patricia Djuhadi
MU Building Services by Joseph Long
Design Studio by Natasha Raines
Student Experience Center History by Julie Knapp
Last spring term, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the start of the Student Experience Center. Student leaders began working on creating a home for student programs and services in 2006. Many of the past leaders were at attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony. Here area some of their thought about this new building on the OSU campus. VIDEO LINK